Whew…..where do I even start? So many people yell they want to be their own boss. They want to have control of their life. I get that.
But do you know what you’re asking?
- The emotional, mental and financial rollercoaster of the past 7 years has been exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. During this time I also started seeing a therapist. A few people who loved me enough let me know that my anger was getting the best of me and I needed to get that checked. So I did. And I appreciate them for that. That’s one way I have been able to manage blogging for so long.
- I did take a long break in 2015 because I was completely burnt out. That was also the year I started seeing a therapist. I didn’t know how to manage and handle the pressure and expectations from people who wanted me to keep pouring into them and sharing my knowledge yet didn’t want to hand over money for it. That also lead to many frustrated nights.
- A few years ago, I implemented a 30 day no social media rule per year. It has helped to give me time offline to just breath and not be concerned with others, what they are doing, want or expect from or of me. I used to do one day off social media a week. I may start that up again. Just to have a no tech day.
Blogging is an emotional labor of love. It’s for those who are not just pouring their knowledge but who they are into their work daily. Whether you have a written blog, video blog, podcaster, livestream or post on IG, you’re still putting so much of you into your work that people don’t realize how easy it is for them to take advantage of our giving spirit.
I want to leave all creatives with this one lesson I learned.
If you don’t know who you are then you will get worked up trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations.
Over the past 7 years, I made it my mission to tap into who I am. To be me. And I am each and every single day. Now. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t without bumps, bruises, lost relationships/friendships, hurt and pain. But the peace I have waking up and going to sleep each night lets me know that I am operating in the person I’m meant to be. And that’s how I’ll manage to keep blogging until God tells me to do some else.